Sly’s – Carpinteria
Burgers seem to be the benchmark of rating American restaurants. Maybe that’s because it’s such an approachable item on the menu. The price is usually moderate, usually everyone’s had a burger sometime in their past to form a judgment of what they like or dislike about a burger, and it’s offered on nearly every menu in a standard restaurant.
But how could I be such a fan of Sly’s without ever trying their burger? Today, I finally did. I had a catch-up lunch date with a friend and I took the plunge and ordered the burger.
Holy smokes, it’s a lot of food. Officially called Sly’s Hamburger Sandwich, it’s a half pound of burger, ground fresh daily, served with fries, $12. I opted for additional gruyere cheese, too.
And a monumental stack of french fries. Eaten with their housemade mayonnaise. I swear I tackled the pile of fries all through lunch and it barely looked touched at the end of the meal.
The burger itself was intensely juicy and flavorful. I really enjoyed it, and the company, but in the future I either need to have a much much bigger appetite or I need to share it.
My dining companion, meanwhile, ordered the more demure huervos rancheros, only available on the lunchtime menu. I wish I’d had room to sample the dish.
Sly’s has public wifi, which was perfect for me to stay the remainder of the afternoon and complete my regular day job work – you know the stuff, that pays the bills. And it was certainly more effective than driving the 30 miles back to the office.